Island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of India, ruled since 1972 by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, Tamil: இலங்கை), is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the Maldives. As a result of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. It was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.10, Rank: 130, Personal Freedom: 5.68, Economic Freedom: 6.52, Democracy Index: 5.71
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.52, Rank: 111
Sri Lanka | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 55, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 4
"Following a series of high-level defections from President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the government suffered a defeat to a newly unified opposition alliance in presidential elections held early in January 2015. Maithripala Sirisena of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who was sworn in as president that month, ushered in a broad reversal of the country's authoritarian drift under Rajapaksa."